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[hur-soot, hur-soot] /ˈhɜr sut, hɜrˈsut/
hairy; shaggy.
Botany, Zoology. covered with long, rather stiff hairs.
of, relating to, or characteristic of hair.
Origin of hirsute
1615-25; < Latin hirsūtus rough, shaggy, bristly; akin to horrid
Related forms
hirsuteness, noun
subhirsute, adjective
subhirsuteness, noun
1. pilose, unshaved, bearded, bushy, woolly, furry. Unabridged
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  • What was St. Meuse to me that for her I should mow my hirsute glories?

  • The entire plant is quite fibrous and has a hirsute surface.

  • There are two more species—the Pithecia hirsute and the Pithecia albicans.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • With the scherzo the two hirsute faces broke into broad smiles.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • And she got herself carried ashore by the hirsute giant McVane.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for hirsute


covered with hair
(of plants or their parts) covered with long but not stiff hairs
(of a person) having long, thick, or untrimmed hair
Derived Forms
hirsuteness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin hirsūtus shaggy; related to Latin horrēre to bristle, hirtus hairy; see horrid
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Word Origin and History for hirsute

"hairy," 1620s, from Latin hirsutus "rough, shaggy, bristly," figuratively "rude, unpolished," related to hirtus "shaggy," and possibly to horrere "to bristle with fear," from PIE *ghers-tu-, from root *ghers- "to bristle" (see horror).

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hirsute in Medicine

hirsute hir·sute (hûr'sōōt', hēr'-, hər-sōōt')
Covered with hair; hairy.

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